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Featured Image: A file photo of West Bengal Assembly building. 

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 22 September: A DAY after some ruling Trinamool Congress workers took part in a rally in Murshidabad in Bengal openly wielding pistols, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has claimed that “it was planted by a TV news channel” to tarnish the image of the Trinamool.

Banerjee, who is also Bengal’s home minister and chairperson of the Trinamool Congress, made the remarks in the state Assembly Tuesday afternoon. Bengal Assembly is on a brief session since 18 September.

“I have got specific information that it was planted by a TV news channel by paying money to two-three youths. Police are investigating everything and action will be taken against all found involved irrespective of their political affiliation,” she said in a statement in the House. “A lot of planted games are going on here and there. I know everything and will deal accordingly.”

The statement came after the Left Front MLAs protested against the Murshidabad incident by brandishing toy pistols in the Assembly this morning. After this, Banerjee came to the House and made the remarks even as Left and Congress MLAs had by then walked out of the House demanding her statement on the issue.

Referring to the Left MLAs protest, the Chief Minister said that it was a “black moment for the Assembly” and “the MLAs who brandished the toy pistols should be arrested”. In response, Speaker Biman Banerjee said that he would not allow such indiscipline in the Assembly and stern measures would be put in place.

It is not clear, which TV news channel Mamata Banerjee was pointing her finger at. The footage of Trinammol workers wielding and dancing on their way to a public rally of party MP Suvendu Adhikari in Murshidabad’s Kandi on Monday, was first telecast by Bengali news channel News Time was followed by 24 Ghanta, ABP Ananda and Kolkata TV, respectively.

Even as all the TV channels and almost all the Bengal newspapers have since then published the identities of the pistol wielding Trinamool workers, the police in Murshidabad have registered a case under the Arms Act against unnamed persons.

Late on Tuesday afternoon, the police have arrested two youths ~ Imran Sheikh and Gayanath Kaibarta ~ for taking part in the Trinamool arms rally.